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Game Time Basketball Quotes


"Just because I had a good game doesn't change who I am, my identity is in Christ and not in basketball, I love playing basketball and it's my job but at the same time I recognize that I'm a sinner and that's not gonna change regardless of how well I play on the court" - Jeremy Lin

"You might be a redneck if... your high school basketball game got rained out." - Jeff Foxworthy

"Basketball is a full court game, so every drill must be done full court." - Bobby Knight

"I learned so much from Sue about the Xs and Os of the game of basketball." - Pat Summitt

"You don't play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball." - Bob Knight

"I would rather go to Baghdad than go to a professional basketball game." - Don Imus

"Basketball is just something else to do, another facet of life. I'm going to be a success at whatever I choose because of my preparation. By the time the game starts, the outcome has been decided. I never think about having a bad game because I have prepared." - David Robinson

"It's better to have a good player with the basketball in late game situations than to have plays." - Rick Pitino

"I've been watching basketball for a long time, I'm a historian of the game. I don't know any other team that's gotten to the Finals without two All-Stars... I cannot remember thinking of it. I don't even know if it's ever happened, for a team to lose two All-Stars and still be able to make it to the Finals." - Lebron James

"About the time you think you are getting to know the moves in this game, someone comes along and does everything but undress you on the basketball floor. Standing there under the basket with your hands cupped - and finding that you dont have the ball in them - is a great little old leveler." - Tom Heinsohn

"As a young man just beginning to publish some short fiction in the t&a magazines, I was fairly optimistic about my chances of getting published; I knew that I had some game, as the basketball players say these days, and I also felt that time was on my side; sooner or later the best-selling writers of the sixties and seventies would either die or go senile, making room for newcomers like me." - Stephen King

"If you told me two years I would miss the greatest basketball game ever to hang out with Nathan Lane, I'd say, 'You're crazy!'" - Chris Rock

"To see a player dunk in women's college basketball is just amazing. It's great to see that the game has reached that level now" - Holly Johnson

"You know what the game of golf is, don't you? It's basketball for people who can't jump and chess for people who can't think." - Tom Robbins

"Remember that basketball is a game of habits. If you make the other guy deviate from his habits, you've got him" - Bill Russell

"Basketball is a game of sacrificing yourself for the next guy, being a team that takes good shots, and taking the right shots" - David Blatt

"Basketball isn't just about the bright lights, packed arenas and highlight reels. Basketball is a way of life. Basketball is a relationship between you and the ball, you and your teammates. If you love the game, nobody can take that from you." - Michael Jordan

"Golf is just a game - and an idiotic game most of the time." - Mark Calcavecchia

"Basketball is sharing." - Phil Jackson

"Stay in the game until the end of time." - Tupac Shakur

"Daikatana will be the greatest game of all time" - John Romero

"Time is a game played beautifully by children." - Heraclitus

"Not only do I admire Jordan's accomplishments and his phenomenal basketball ability, but also the way he has conducted himself on and off the court. I don't think there will ever be another player to have the same impact on the game of basketball as Michael Jordan." - Elgin Baylor

"So after 11 years you're just picking up all this information. I'm a basketball junky, so I watch old players. The '90s was a great era of basketball. I watched so much of that. That just helped me be a student of the game and pick up any moment. It's the 10,000 hour rule. You're just trying to master your craft." - Andre Iguodala

"Everyone is gonna have a bad day, everyone is gonna have a bad game. The questions are: How do you recover? What builds your character? I decided one day early on in high school that I wanted to be great at basketball, not just a good basketball player." - Gilbert Arenas

"I would tell players to relax and never think about what's at stake. Just think about the basketball game. If you start to think about who is going to win the championship, you've lost your focus." - Michael Jordan

"Part of the charm of basketball lies in the fact that it's a simple game to understand. Players race up and down a fairly small area indoors and stuff the ball into a ring with Madonna's dress hanging on it." - Dan Jenkins

"Working with all of these kids is great. It doesn't get any better than this, to come down and inspire kids who want to play the game of basketball and put smiles on their faces." - Lebron James

"I viewed it as a business, but I always viewed it as a game. An opportunity to show my skills, my basketball skills, amongst the best in the world." - Michael Jordan

"Basketball isn't a game; It's an art form. You master the fundamentals so you can forget 'em, so you can improvise and just concentrate on what really matters: getting buckets." - Kyrie Irving

"Basketball is a game and their primary reason for participating in the sport is simply for the pleasure they experience while playing. Don't be afraid to lose. Have fun while you're busy playing hard and playing smart." - Morgan Wootten

"You just try to take it one day at a time, ... You step on the basketball floor and just play. It's fun. I'm comfortable with it." - Kobe Bryant

"If a farmer and his family can get up at 5:30 every morning to milk cows, surly we can get up at that time to practice basketball." - Don Meyer

"The only time I'd played organized basketball was my sophomore year in high school, when I barely made the junior varsity team." - Dennis Rodman

"A late game is only late until it ships. A bad game is bad until the end of time" - Shigeru Miyamoto

"We only get to play this game one time, one life." - Gary Vaynerchuk

"The Green Bay Packers never lost a football game. They just ran out of time." - Vince Lombardi

"The time your game is most vulnerable is when you're ahead, never let up." - Rod Laver

"Cricket is full of theorists who can ruin your game in no time." - Ian Botham

"Sex before the game? No problem. But I won't allow it at half-time" - Berti Vogts

"I never lost a game. I just ran our of time." - Bobby Layne

"Like life, basketball is messy and unpredictable. It has its way with you, no matter how hard you try to control it. The trick is to experience each moment with a clear mind and open heart. When you do that, the game - and life - will take care of itself." - Phil Jackson

"On how to make the game more exciting - Eliminate the referees, raise the basket four feet, double the size of the basketball, limit the height of the players to 5 feet 9 inches, bring back the centre jump, allow taxi drivers in for free and allow the players to carry guns." - Al Mcguire

"It's heavy duty to try to do everything and please everybody . . . My job was to go out there and play the game of basketball as best I can, ... People may not agree with that . . . I can't live with what everyone's impression of what I should or what I shouldn't do." - Michael Jordan

"The clothes do not match my personality. I'm more of a very conservative, blue-blazer kind of guy. But as far as my personality, it's a lot of hot-dog mustard - have a lot of a fun and a lot of excitement. I feel like I'm 68; I act like I'm 12, talking about a game of basketball." - Dick Vitale

"I can't play the game of basketball and live my life on what other people expect me to do or what they think I should do. That doesn't make me happy. What makes me happy is being able to make plays for my teammates, to be able to represent the name on the back of my jersey." - Lebron James

"I never knew what Amazon was. I've never seen any of those series, even on cable. I've never seen The Sopranos, or Mad Men. I'm out every night and when I come home, I watch the end of the baseball or basketball game, and there's Charlie Rose and I go to sleep." - Woody Allen

"Dinner, basketball game, four guys - classic." - Billy Bush

"I came to see, in my time at IBM, that culture isn't just one aspect of the game; it is the game" - Lou Gerstner

"Life is a game board. Time is your opponent. If you procrastinate, you will lose the game. You must make a move to be victorious." - Napoleon Hill

"We just have to go out there and play and take one game at a time. We have to know everybody will play the best game they can." - Maurice Hall

"Not only is there more to life than basketball, there's a lot more to basketball than basketball." - Phil Jackson

"Conditioning is essential to success in basketball." - John Wooden

"I am privileged to have played basketball." - Michael Jordan

"My life is bigger than basketball." - Dwyane Wade

"Basketball doesn't build character it reveals it." - James Naismith

"Basketball is not a democratic sport" - Patrick Hunt

"I caught an elbow playing basketball" - Michael Scofield

"Good basketball always starts with good defense!" - Bobby Knight

"I don't discuss basketball. I dictate basketball. I'm not interested in philosophy classes." - Al Mcguire

"In practice, don't just run basketball drills, teach the players how to play basketball." - Don Meyer

"They said playing basketball would kill me. Well, not playing basketball was killing me." - Magic Johnson

"I couldn't imagine not playing basketball. To me, basketball is what life is all about." - Bill Walton

"This is a game to be savored, not gulped. There's time to discuss everything between pitches or between innings." - Bill Veeck

"The last time I put on this uniform (Cincinnati), I think I was eight, for a father-son game." - Ken Griffey, Jr.

"After playing Ballybunion for the first time, a man would think that the game of golf originated here." - Tom Watson

"When you don't have time to do your job, that's a good indication you're playing the wrong game." - Mark Millar

"If a Coach is determined to stay in the coaching profession, he will develop from year to year. This much is true, no coach has a monopoly on the knowledge of basketball. There are no secrets in the game. The only secrets, if there are any, are good teaching of sound fundamentals, intelligent handling of men, a sound system of play, and the ability to instill in the boys a desire to win." - Adolph Rupp

"Parents, what are your children learning from your worship? Do they see the same excitement as when you go to a basketball game? Do they see you prepare for worship as you do for a vacation? Do they see you hungry to arrive, seeking the face of the Father? Or do they see you content to leave the way you came?.....They are watching. Believe me. They are watching." - Max Lucado

"I just stopped liking basketball. And then you dribbling down the court and having the owner like cuss at you and call you an idiot. I didnt even look forward to coming to the games, and if the owner [Donald Sterling] came to the game, I definitely was not gonna have a good game because it was just like, how do you play when the main heckler in the gym is the owner of the team, and hes telling you how much he hates you and calling out your name?" - Baron Davis

"When I lose the sense of motivation and the sense to prove something as a basketball player, it's time for me to move away from the game." - Michael Jordan

"It's a game of making great pitches at the right time, being opportunistic by getting a run at the right time and playing good defense." - Mike Candrea

"Life for me outweighs the game of basketball." - Derek Fisher

"If you waste your time and energy on things that don't matter in the outcome of the game, then when you get to the game you're not going to give your teammates the best that you have to offer." - Tom Brady

"I'm playing this game because I'm blessed and want to help this team win the Super Bowl, ... At the same time, I want to be considered the best safety that has ever played the game." - Brian Dawkins

"I'm like a superhero. Call me Basketball Man." - Lebron James

"Generally speaking, individual performances don't win basketball games" - John Wooden

"The 'mecca of college basketball is in Storrs, Connecticut." - Jim Nantz

"Driveway basketball, playing against the boys, watching Magic and Michael." - Michael Bamberger

"I'll show you just how cruel a sport basketball is." - Atsushi

"Michael Jordan is God disguised as a basketball player." - Larry Bird

"Wrestling... what men do during boys basketball season." - Dan Gable

"But basketball was always something I was good at, that I was passionate about. I just didn't have the confidence to play in front of people at the time, at that early age. Now, I feel like I'm ready to play in front of people and play on the big stage." - Lil B

"And my father didn't have money for me to go to college. And at that particular time they didn't have black quarterbacks, and I don't think I could have made it in basketball, because I was only 5' 11". So I just picked baseball." - Willie Mays

"I don't listen to a ton of music other than putting my show together, just because my lifestyle isn't too conducive to listening to music all the time. I like to watch basketball, and I would rather not listen to music while I'm doing that." - Doug Martsch

"I liked the game, I enjoyed the game, and the game fed me enough, and gave me enough rewards to reinforce that this is something that I should spend time doing, and that I could possibly make a priority in my life, versus other sports" - Julius Erving

"So, the next time you're out working on your game and they pass you the rock, don't just take it to the hole. Take it to the next level. Don't just bend rims. Bend expectations. Let them see you and feel you and by the very virtue of your love, the truth in your game, they will hear you. Let your game speak." - Michael Jordan

"There's still room for flair and artistry and playing a game that's going to confuse people. Federer has proven that, time and time and time again. Even with the new string technology, which has been around for ten years." - Darren Cahill

"You can't think about basketball or you ruin your game. It is an instinctive game." - Dolph Schayes

"The game of basketball is one thing, but the image of the game is another thing." - Earl Monroe

"No one has ever conquered this game. One week out there and you are God, next time you are the devil. But it does keep you coming back." - Juli Inkster

"The king just sits there, moving one square at a time. The queen can move so freely. I suppose I'd rather lose the game than forfeit her freedom." - Deborah Harkness

"Never Play With The Feelings Of Others, Because You May Win The Game But The Risk Is That You Will Surely Lose The Person For Life Time" - William Shakespeare

"The clock doesn't matter in baseball. Time stands still or moves backwards. Theoretically, one game could go on forever. Some seem to." - Herb Caen

"If I have to win one game, I'd have a hard time taking anybody over Dustin Pedroia as my second baseman." - Mariano Rivera

"This morning I was standing in the shower and thought how I was sick of losing and how it was about time I had a big game." - Benji Marshall

"The game [football] has moved on a lot but still, ask most players and they will tell you that pre-season isn't their favourite time of the year." - Colin Kazim-Richards

"My goal is to win the next game one possession at a time. That's it. I don't have any other goals" - Brad Stevens

"Great genetics are not necessarily a precursor for success in the game. Brazilian Legend Pele has often said that soccer stars are not born. Without proper soccer training a player will never reach his full potential. It is true that great speed would benefit someone who plays as a winger but would not be as useful for a goalkeeper. The greatest advantage of soccer is that it is not as discriminating as basketball or volleyball. There are no limitations when it comes to physique and it all comes down to individual soccer skills." - Pele

"Life is tough and it's tough whether you're famous or not famous. And in the end it's probably better to be famous because the perks are better. You get better seats at the basketball game, and you get better tables and reservations places. If I call a doctor on Saturday morning I can get him. There's a lot of things, indulgences that you don't get, if you're not famous. Now I'm not saying it's fair. But I can't say that I don't enjoy it." - Woody Allen

"I thought basketball was a game for women. My mother played basketball, and so did my sister." - Dirk Nowitzki

"The game honors toughness" - Brad Stevens

"[The movies] glamorize game day a little bit too much. It's such a focus. They miss a lot of the nuts and bolts, and the time that goes into the preparation each week, or each couple of days in basketball." - Vince Kehres

"I remember one time being told I could not play in a basketball game at the College of William and Mary because I was black, even though I was playing with a United States Army team." - Walter Dean Myers

"It's easier to date a football player for sure. Football players have one game a week, and they practice every day, but they're all at home. In basketball, they're on the road all the time." - Khloe Kardashian

"My first motion capture game was with Sony - NBA: The Life. It was very ahead of its time. Brandon Akiaten, he was the writer and director. He had a real vision of what this game was meant to be; it was a basketball game where I was the Jerry Maguire sports agent type guy. And it was great!" - Nolan North

"My first motion capture game was with Sony - 'NBA: The Life.' It was very ahead of its time. Brandon Akiaten, he was the writer and director. He had a real vision of what this game was meant to be; it was a basketball game where I was the Jerry Maguire sports agent type guy. And it was great!" - Nolan North

"Growing up, I played about every sport imaginable except soccer and hockey. I've always had a passion for basketball. I remember actually playing basketball when I was two or three years old. The time I knew that I could really take my game to the next level." - Dwight Howard

"When I played basketball, I spent hours On the court practicing. When i became a body-builder, I was in the gym all the time. Like most beginners, I didn't really know what I was doing, but the more I did it, the more I loved it. I guess you could say I was a gym rat. Seeing my body change made me come back for more." - Phil Heath

"I don't look at myself as a basketball coach. I look at myself as a leader who happens to coach basketball." - Mike Krzyzewski

"We have 2,500 students and an 8,000-seat basketball arena. You do the math on how important basketball is in Aberdeen." - Don Meyer

"Indiana gets credit for having the most rabid basketball fans in the union, but Maine is a very, very active basketball state." - Bob Cousy

"Basketball allowed me to revere my father without him knowing what I was up to. I took up basketball as a form of homage and mimicry." - Pat Conroy

"Basketball is a game. Baseball is a religion. Baseball is American." - Jerry Reinsdorf

"Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat." - Dean Smith

"Basketball is a pretty simple game. What wins is consistency and competitiveness." - Gregg Popovich

"You don't play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball." - Bobby Knight

"I'm a competitive person. I love the game of basketball. I'm a gym rat." - Paul Pierce

"The game of basketball is not played with throwing punches, throwing elbows." - Mo Williams

"The motivation for me is just the game itself, just playing the game the right way and trying to win, compete every time I step out there on the floor. That's motivation enough for me to go out there and play well." - Kobe Bryant

"One of the things my dad kept instilling in me was the joy of the game. He made it fun for me. A lot of the time I see kids that don't enjoy being out there and that's a shame; you're supposed to enjoy the game." - Tiger Woods

"I have always been confident in my skills and once the game got going I knew I was probably the best player on the floor most of the time whether it was junior high, high school or college. I knew I had control of the game." - Larry Bird

"When you deal with a man, deal with his most valuable possession, his life. There's play and there's the deep flow. I like to take things to the deep flow of play, because everything is a game, serious and nonserious at the same time. So play life like it's a game." - Huey Newton

"I don't know if cortisone is good for you or not. But to take a shot every other ball game is more than I wanted to do and to walk around with a constant upset stomach because of the pills and to be high half the time during a ball game because you're taking painkillers, I don't want to have to do that." - Sandy Koufax

"The world doesn't need more people playing small. It's time to stop hiding out and start stepping out. It's time to stop needing and start leading. It's time to start sharing your gifts instead of hoarding them or pretending they don't exist. It's time you started playing the game of life in a "big" way." - T Harv Eker

"The world does' need more people playing small. It's time to stop hiding out and start stepping out. It's time to stop needing and start leading. It's time to start sharing your gifts instead of hoarding them or pretending they do' exist. It's time you started playing the game of life in a "big" way." - T Harv Eker

"The game of basketball has been everything to me. My place of refuge, place I've always gone where I needed comfort and peace. It's been the site of intense pain and the most intense feelings of joy and satisfaction. It's a relationship that has evolved over time, given me the greatest respect and love for the game." - Michael Jordan

"Baseball is a team game but, at the same time, it's a very lonely game: unlike in soccer or basketball, where players roam around, in baseball everyone has their little plot of the field to tend. When the action comes to you, the spotlight is on you but no one can help you." - Chad Harbach

"I've done a lot of basketball drills, not a whole lot of competitive stuff. I have basically been in the gym everyday working on my game, working on the time off that I've had from the game, just getting myself prepared mentally and physically for the season." - Grant Hill

"Today's game is always different from yesterday's game." - Red Smith

"Play the game, never let the game play you." - Tupac Shakur

"Play a new game, not the older game but faster." - Seth Godin

"If you are losing at a game, change the game." - Gregory Benford

"Kids are fair game; women are fair game." - Timothy Mcveigh

"The game of baseball is a clean, straight game." - William Howard Taft

"This team is one execution away from being a very good basketball team." - Doc Rivers

"Most of my learning and philosophy regarding coaching basketball was developed after great frustration." - Dick Bennett

"Use different basketball offensive alignments to cause confusion for the other team." - Hubie Brown

"The more your players have to think on the basketball court, the slower their feet get." - Jerry Tarkanian

"Blending the talents of your team members is crucial to basketball success." - John Kundla

"Any American boy can be a basketball star if he grows up, up, up." - Bill Vaughan

"I'm just what America needs: another unemployed black man. (on his retirement from basketball)" - Charles Barkley

"Every memory I have from when I was a kid involves basketball." - Kevin Durant

"The people who know basketball, their elevators don't go to the top." - Al Mcguire

"I'm fighting against becoming soft. That's the worst thing you can say to a basketball player." - Dennis Rodman

"Meadowlark was the most sensational, awesome, incredible basketball player I've ever seen." - Wilt Chamberlain

"Guarding LeBron James has to be the hardest job in basketball." - Steve Kerr

"Walking has been ridiculous in college basketball the past 15 years." - Bob Knight

"Larry Bird is like a basketball god to me for what he's done for my career." - Jalen Rose

"It's just about being in the zone, in any sport, be it football, basketball or baseball." - Mark Teixeira



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